Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms of your home. Depending on your lifestyle, you probably spend multiple hours per day here, preparing and cleaning up from meals and snacks in between. As such, you want your kitchen to feel comfortable and look great, especially if you ever entertain guests. So, keeping the overall look of the kitchen fresh is likely a priority for you.
Sometimes, keeping the kitchen looking fresh and updated meets updating it. While a new appliance can add a pop of new energy, the most efficient way to overhaul a kitchen look is to address the cabinets and drawers. In most kitchens, these surfaces are the majority of what someone sees, either directly or through peripheral vision.
There are some reasons why you might want to update cabinets and drawers. Maybe you’re tired of the old look. You possibly bought an existing home and didn’t care for the pre-existing decor. It’s always just possible that the old look has fallen out of style or is physically worn down.
“The first decision is whether or not to replace everything, or just update it.” points out Ann Canales of Ray of Light.
“Replacing everything is time-consuming, intrusive and expensive. On the other hand, refacing or refinishing cabinets and drawers lets you refresh the look of hardware that is still physically sound and functional. So, then, what are the differences between refacing cabinets, and refinishing them?” You can view more at about cabinet refinishing at www.rayoflightcompanies.com.
Refinishing keeps all of the existing hardware. Sometimes it’s as simple as adding a new coat of paint or stain, but this isn’t always possible depending on the underlying material or its consistency. More conventional refinishing procedures involve removing drawers and cabinet doors and faces, and having the existing paint or finish stripped off and then replaced. While every kitchen is different, the average cost runs around four thousand dollars.
Refacing cabinetry is harder than refinishing. Cabinet faces and doors and all drawers are still removed, but this time, they are replaced with newer drawers and doors. A matching veneer or finish is also applied to all cabinetry to make the look cohesive. This process also depends on your kitchen size, particular hardware and regional market, but approximately seven to nine thousand dollars is a good starting point for an estimate.
When you decide on doing refinishing, don’t assume that you can call in any painter. While most painters are excellent for walls, interior or exterior, painting cabinets is another matter entirely. While they can likely get it done and have it look okay at the start, the painter might not have the experience to paint something that lasts through the constant motions and wear and tear that kitchen cabinets and drawers face every day.
That’s not to say painters can’t help you out, but be sure to check into their background. A painter you can trust to do refinishing has, at least, five years of experience in the matter, a list of previous customers with current references, and hopefully even a portfolio of photos showing how his or her work has held up over time.
Now that you know the differences between refinishing, resurfacing and flat out replacing kitchen cabinets and drawers, you can make an informed decision the next time your kitchen needs new life breathed into it. Remember that all three are going to give your kitchen a new and updated look, and that refinishing is the cheapest of all the options, only removing and adding the top surface layer of everything. Meanwhile, refacing cabinetry is a more involved and expensive process that replaces drawers and doors, yet both options are cheaper and less intrusive than a full replacement, which renders your kitchen unusable for at least a few days.